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Peter Bruce. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

BRUCE’S LIST: The Chancer’s Guide to Informed Conversation

Peter Bruce lists the crucial reads of the week October 20 2014


EDITOR'S NOTE: To err in maths is human

Tim Cohen asks: Why is it that the political discussion in South Africa is entirely devoid of actual, concrete mathematical calculations?


DERBY'S COUNTY: Look beyond your plate

When everyone is feeding at the state trough, it doesn't really matter who's in charge — the country as a whole is going nowhere, writes Ron Derby

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT: More like trick or treat

If public sector workers get the high pay increases that they are demanding, the probability of income tax or Vat hikes will rise, writes Nazmeera Moola

ON MY MIND: Democracy is the only way

Democracy, rather than autocracies like China, still offer the best prospects for growth and development, writes Ann Bernstein


ON MY MIND: Long-term partners

Strengthening South-South trade and co-operation between Mexico and SA will be of mutual benefit, writes Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña

Verimark CEO Mike van Straaten. Picture: KATHERINE MUICK-MERE

DIAMONDS & DOGS: Zeder; Verimark

Zeder is enjoying being positioned right in the sweet spot of a very positive secular theme, while Verimark isn’t exactly a rollicking success

Norman Celliers. Hetty Zantman

MARKET WATCH: So shall you reap

Zeder’s share price looks to be offering a nice discount for investors keen to plough capital into the agribusiness sector

Burger King Whopper. Picture: BURGER KING

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Not gold-plated but just fine

The local offering may not contain the same exotic ingredients as a top UK hamburger, but it's cheap, convenient, cheerful and tasty, writes Justice Malala


PATTERN RECOGNITION: Waiting for e-wave

Local online shopping giants join hands while they get ready for the trend to take off here and bring the money rolling in, writes Toby Shapshak

Former PPC CEO Ketso Gordhan. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

BETWEEN THE CHAINS: Odds stacked against Gordhan

The board appoints the CE; Ketso Gordhan can’t be bigger than the company


INVESTOR’S NOTEBOOK: Banks playing catch-up

Sadly for banks trying to cut costs, people won’t stop using other channels


Jacob Zuma. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

LETTER: SA needs credible leaders

Instead of presidential platitudes we need to see prosecutions and prison time

South African entrepreneur and multibillionaire Mark Shuttleworth. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

LETTER: Careless regulation

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Nkandla. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

LETTER: Backhanded gift?

A misstep will add to the ANC’s woes — and those of the country as a whole

ANOTHER WEEK: October 16

A round-up of the week's main news events in Africa and further abroad

DID YOU HEAR? Smart beats athletic

Little Johnny may not be the fastest, but he is the smartest

EDITORIAL: The IMF’s ‘spillover’ problem for growth

The IMF makes two suggestions, both of which SA would be well advised to follow: strengthen ties with developed economies, and accelerate structural reform

EDITORIAL: It may be time to parcel out the post

The Democratic Alliance and the Freedom Front Plus are asking government to rescue the SA Post Office. And quickly


VIDEO: FM looks at FirstRand’s outperformance under Sizwe Nxasana

Phakamisa Ndzamela speaks about his cover story in the Financial Mail this week, featuring interviews with FirstRand chief executive Sizwe Nxasana, Laurie Dippenaar and Paul Harris

VIDEO: Cloud computing offers advantages for SMEs

The move to cloud can help small and medium sized enterprise to improve the security and privacy of their data, and Sage Accounting's managing director explains how

VIDEO: Luxury SA-made yachts may serve as a currency hedge

Quality and competitive pricing of South African marine products leads to healthy trade in used equipment where sail and motor-powered yachts are regarded as an investment for the wealthy and possibly a currency hedge